A THIEF who raided two South Tyneside stores in less than two weeks has been electronically tagged by magistrates.
Stephen Scott snatched four packs of sirloin steak from Iceland, in Chichester Road, South Shields, on November 11 – before taking 12 canisters of Lynx deodorant on November 23, from the Nisa store, in Lord Street, South Shields.
The 46-year-old admitted both offences at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, but sentencing was deferred to see if he could make progress on a 12-month community order – including a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement – handed out by the court on November 19 for another matter.
The court heard that Scott, of Westoe Road, South Shields, has stayed out of trouble since the sentence was deferred, and is attending probation appointments and cutting down on his drug use.
Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “On November 11, Scott was seen to have something concealed in his coat by a staff member at Iceland.
“He left the store and went to a nearby bus stop, but she followed him outside and asked him what was in his coat.
“She partly unzipped his coat and four packets of steak valued at £20 fell out. Store CCTV was viewed and Scott was identified.”
He was also identified taking Lynx canisters – worth £30 – from the Nisa store from CCTV.
Ian Haq, defending, said: “I would submit there has been some success.
“Mr Scott has not offended since the sentence was deferred and he is attending probation appointments. There is no magic bullet, but he is making progress in getting off drugs.”
Marian Craig, chairwoman of the magistrates, said: “Make the effort to do the work with the probation service or you will end up back in court.
“You have been making progress with your drug use – which is good.”
Scott was given a three-month, electronically-tagged curfew from 7pm until 7am each day.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £30 to Nisa and a £60 victim surcharge.